Wednesday, September 5
Framed and unframed botanical artwork is available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Library.
A Gardener's Herbarium:
The Art of Pressed Botanicals
Marybeth Kampman and Cindy LaMar
September 1 - December 29, 2018
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society presents A Gardener's Herbarium: The Art of Pressed Botanicals, by Marybeth Kampman and Cindy LaMar. We are pleased to exhibit Marybeth and Cindy’s beautiful artwork in their first exhibition at the Helen Crocker Russell Library
Marybeth and Cindy’s flower portraits are presented against a solid white background, offering a striking visual display of their intricate beauty. Each portrait draws in the viewer with its sumptuous detail, delicate movement and vivid color.
An herbarium is a collection of preserved plants stored, catalogued, and arranged systematically for study. Herbaria have been created for centuries as a formal record of botanizing, and also more informally as personal collections. In Victorian times it was a common practice for young women, including noted poet Emily Dickinson, to create a personal herbarium as a visual diary of a garden, or as a way to share and trade information about plants.
Our interest in gardening and in the art and science of pressing and preserving plants inspired us to create our own "Gardener's Herbarium". Our collection is made up of favorite plants primarily from our own and friends' gardens, with an emphasis on habitat plants, pollinators and California natives.
Our process starts by pressing our specimens using traditional methods of simple presses or by laying the plants between the pages of a heavy book. After the plants are dried and pressed, we take the process a step further by digitally preserving them. We scan them at high resolution, allowing us to magnify the images up to sixteen times the original size of the specimen providing an intimate view of their beauty and intricate structure. Scanning the pressing produces a slight drop shadow creating the illusion that the actual plant is "sitting" on the page. Without manipulation the images are then giclée printed on watercolor paper allowing nature's beauty to stand on its own.
About the Artists
Marybeth is a photographer with a special interest in garden photography. She has contributed images to UC Marin Master Gardeners, GGNRA and local garden organizations highlighting garden design and illustrating best gardening practices. Her photographs have been featured in numerous books and articles.
Cindy is a passionate gardener. Inspired by her Master Gardener training she designed and installed a wildlife habitat garden which has been on several garden tours and is certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Her gardens as well as many of her photographs are featured in The California Wildlife Habitat Garden by Nancy Bauer. She has studied horticulture, botany and entomology.
General Exhibit Information
The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is recognized as one of the finest horticultural resources
in the nation. Its 27,000-volume collection ranges from new gardening titles to antique herbals. The
Library is open, free of charge, from 10am–4pm, every day except Tuesdays and holidays.
Exhibitions of art related to botany, horticulture and the natural world run for four-month periods.
The artworks in our exhibitions are available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the
Library. For more information, call (415) 661-1316 ext. 403.